colloquialism

[ kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm /

noun

a colloquial expression.
colloquial style or usage.

Nearby words

  1. collophane,
  2. collophore,
  3. colloq.,
  4. colloquia,
  5. colloquial,
  6. colloquium,
  7. colloquy,
  8. collotype,
  9. collude,
  10. collum

Origin of colloquialism

First recorded in 1800–10; colloquial + -ism

Related formscol·lo·qui·al·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for colloquialism

colloquialism

/ (kəˈləʊkwɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
the use of colloquial words and phrases
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Word Origin and History for colloquialism

colloquialism

n.

1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.

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